CANNED: Murweh Shire Council and CoEx have both responded to the shuttering of Charleville's container refund point.
CANNED: Murweh Shire Council and CoEx have both responded to the shuttering of Charleville's container refund point. Navarone Farrell

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AFTER the forced closure of Charleville's relocated Containers for Change depot, parent company Container Exchange has said it was ultimately a decision for the council.

Despite the recycling service being canned temporarily, Murweh Shire Council CEO Neil Polglase said they would work with the operators to come up with a solution.

A CoEx spokeswoman responded to an article in last week's Western Times, clarifying its role in how new sites are set up."Although CoEx helps facilitate the establishment of new container refund points, responsibility for site selection and development approvals are a matter for the Council concerned and the local private operator.

"CoEx is not the operator of the container refund point and does not have a formal role in complying with the local zoning requirements."

Since it opened in March, the original Containers for Change site at the airport was able to process 289,180 containers.

When the business was handed over to private contractors at a new CBD location in early June, operations were forced to cease after three opening days due to a noise complaint.

"The apparent misinterpretation of legislation relating to container refund points was also at play, according to council," Mr Polglase said.

"The legislation was a little bit ambiguous...

"It was misinterpreted as being able to operate as a mixed use site within a commercial zone, but that is incorrect.

"The container refund point must be operated within an industrial precinct.

"It is very unfortunate it has been misinterpreted from a couple of avenues and unfortunately the handover was very quick from council over to the contractors.

"Unfortunately they are trapped under the context of the current legislation."

CoEx say they have worked closely with both Murweh Shire Council and the new operators in Charleville to try to ensure residents have easy access to a local container refund point (CRP).

"The Council originally set up a CRP at the airport on a trial basis until a private applicant could be found to operate it.

"After three months, several applicants (operators) came forward," the spokeswoman said.

"The successful operator and the proposed location of the new CRP were supported by council.

" The decision to move to the new site was ultimately up to the operator and the Council.

"COEX has been pleased to see the new operators have been warmly welcomed by the community, with plenty of positive feedback since they took over.

"We understand the operators and the Council are continuing to work together to come up with the best solution for the whole community."

The Western Times approached the Containers for Change contractors, however was unable to get a response before publication deadline.

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